Andrew Jordan Leads Honda Fleet At Thruxton Qualifying


The independents' champion will head both works Civics on the grid (Photo Credit: btcc.net)

It was a Honda lock-out during qualifying at Thruxton for tomorrow’s three BTCC races as Andrew Jordan confirmed the good pace he had shown in free practice to end the session fastest.

He knocked works man Gordon Shedden off the top of the time sheets by just under three tenths of a second in the dying moments of the session, despite suffering a wild moment on the build-up to his last flying lap. Matt Neal made it three Hondas in the top three to qualify third, ahead of championship leader Jason Plato.

Plato had briefly split the Hondas with a time that was good enough for second, but ended up fourth after Jordan, Shedden and Neal all found an improvement in time late on.

Sam Tordoff continues his strong start to his first season in the BTCC, and will start directly behind his more experienced team mate in fifth, with Jeff Smith showing just how strong the Honda is this weekend by making it four Hondas in the top six. Smith however, ended the session off circuit after a spin. It is not clear if his car suffered any major damage.

Tom Onslow-Cole was once again showing strongly in the new VW Passat and starts seventh, whilst Frank Wrathall, Dave Newsham line up eighth and ninth whilst the race three winner last time out at Donington Park, Colin Turkington, will start tenth.

Airwaves Racing continue to lack speed, with Aron Smith and Mat Jackson only managing to qualify eleventh and twelfth fastest respectively in their NGTC Ford Focus.

Meanwhile, in the Jack Sears Trophy for older S2000 cars, Joe Girling continued his strong showing in the Chevrolet Cruze. After winning the class for the first time last time out at Donington Poark in race three, he managed to qualify ahead of Lea Wood and James Kaye.